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what's at stake this time two fundamentally different visions about how america moves forward. two ways of thinking about this country. you know, when i think about america, i think about my family. i think about my grandfather who fought in world war ii and my grandmother who even with a baby was working on a bomber assembly line and when my grandmother came back home, he got the opportunity to go to college because of the gi bill. and i think about my mom, single mom, because my dad left when i was a baby, so she had to raise me and my sister with the help of my grandparents, and it was tough sometimes, but she was able to do it and get her own education and then ensure i got a great education because she was able to get student loans
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and grants, and then i think about michelle's parents. her dad worked at the water filtration plant, blue collar worker in chicago, and mom stayed at home looking after the kids and then when the kids got older she worked at a secretary at a bank, and she worked there most of her life, and when i think about both michelle's family and my family, what i am reminded of is what made america great was this basic idea, this basic bargain that all of you experienced in your own families, your parents, your grandparents, your great grandparents, maybe some of them emigrated here from some place else, but the idea was here in america you can make it if you try. you know, that it doesn't mat r matter -- it doesn't matter what you look like, where you come
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from, what church you worship in. the idea is that if you are willing to put in the work and take responsibility for your family, just like dan was talking about, if you were willing to stick with it and tough it out when times got tough sometimes, that ultimately hard work was rewarded and responsibility was respected, and you didn't just look out for your yourself but you looked out for your community as well as your family and your country. you know, nobody expected to get fabulously rich, although it was great if people goes rich, but when i think about my family or michelle's family, you know, what made us rich was spending time together and the idea was -- the idea was that, you know, if our families were of
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good character and had good values and you were willing to work hard, then you could find a job that paid a decent wage, and eventually saving up you could own a home. and you knew that you wouldn't go bankrupt when you got sick because you had some health insurance, and maybe you took a vacation every once in a while, and it wasn't necessarily some fancy vacation at some fancy resort. best vacation i had when i was a kid was we -- my grandmother and my mom and my sister, we traveled around the country on greyhound buses and on trains, and we stayed at howard johnsons and, you know, you -- i was 11 and so if there was any kind of swimming pool it didn't matter how big it was, right, you'd spend the whole day there and then, you know, you were real
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excited to go to where the vending machine was and the ice machine and -- and get the ice, and that was like a big deal, and you would just see the sights and stop by a diaper some place, so you -- you'd have that chance to -- to take a little bit of time off to spend with your family, and then when you retire, you were able to retire with dignity and respect, and you were part of a community, and that basic bargain is what built this country. that's what made us an economic superpower. that's what made us the envy of the world, not the fact that we had the most millionaires or billionai billionaires, but the fact that our economy grew from the middle out, and there were ladders of opportunity for people to get into the middle class, even if
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they were born poor. and the reason i ran for president, the reason i ran the first time for a state senate seat on the south side of chicago was because for too many people that bargain, that dream felt like it was slipping away, for too many people. we had gone through a decade where people were working harder and harder, but they didn't see any increase in income and profits were going sky high for a lot of companies, but jobs weren't growing fast enough, and the cost of everything, from health care, to college tuition, to groceries, to gas kept going up, faster than people's incomes. so a lot of folks felt like that idea that we not only could live a good middle class life but
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more importantly we could pass it on to our kids and they could -- they could succeed the way we might not have imagined, they could go to college and do some things that we couldn't imagine doing. that felt like it was slipping away for too many people. that's why i got into politics. that's why i ran for president. that's why in 2008 a lot of you came together and helped support us. and -- and we didn't even realize then that we were going to be getting hit with the worst economic crisis, the worst financial crisis in our lifetimes, and obviously the hardship that occurred because of that made that dream even a little bit further out of reach for too many people. you know, we came together, and it wasn't just democrats, by the way. it was independents and republicans who wanted to figure out how do we put that basic bargain back together, to grow the middle class, not from the
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top down but from the middle and from the bottom up. that was our idea. now, we knew from the start in 2008 that turning that around wasn't going to happen overnight. it didn't happen -- it didn't happen overnight and so we weren't going to reverse it overnight, but we've been steady. we've worked hard, and i know all of you have worked hard, and dan's story is typical of so many people i meet who had to make adjustments and deal with some disappointments but came back stronger and came back tougher. and that's what america and that's what ohio has been doing, so over the last, you know, several years, what we've seen are people who go out and retrain for new jobs and small businesses have to adapt and sometimes the owner doesn't take a salary just to keep folks on
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the payroll, and, you know, i met a woman yesterday in parma who i had met a year earlier. she had been out of work for two years and had gone back to community college at the age of 55 and retrained, and i saw her in the rope line after my speech. she had just been certified and was starting her new job on tuesday. and -- and after having been two years at a community college, so those stories are duplicating themselves all across ohio and all across the country, but it's still tough out there, you know. we learned this morning that our businesses created 84,000 new jobs last month, and that overall means that businesses have created 4.4 million new jobs over the past 28 months, including 500,000 new manufacturing jobs. that's a step in the right
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direction. that's a step in the right directi direction, but we can't be satisfied because our goal was never to just keep on working to get back to where we were back in 2007. i want to get back to a time when middle class families and those working to get in the mid israel class have security. we've got to grow the economy even faster and we've got to put even more people back to work, and we've got to tap into the basic character of this economy because our character has not changed even though we've gone through tough times. it hasn't changed our character and it hasn't made us great. it hasn't changed why we came together in 2008. so, again, our mission is not just to get back to where we were before the crisis. we've got to deal with what's been happening over the last decade, last 15 years.
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manufacturing leaving our shores, incomes flat-lining. all those things is what we've got to struggle and fight for, and that's the reason that i'm running for a second term as president of the united states. i want to move this country forward. i want to move this country forward. >> four more years. four more years! >> the president of the united states there at a campaign event in poland, ohio talking jobs and economy. but once again the biggest economic report of the month is disappointingly small. the labor department is telling us that in june the economy actually added 80,000 positions, well short of the 95,000 that economists expected. now the jobless rate remains at 8.2%, not exactly an ideal backdrop for a presidential real, but on the second and final day of president obama's first campaign bus tour of the year, he's making the most of
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it, as you can see and making his case for more time to see the recovery through. now, last hour mitt romney interrupted his new hampshire holiday with his take on the 80,000 new jobs in june, and that's where we find our cnn's dana bash. she is close by in boston. dana, two parties used the same numbers to make opposite points, of course. >> reporter: of course, exactly. welcome to politics, especially presidential politics just a few months before the election. notice, kyra, you're right, that the jobs numbers were anything but great, but the president took as much as he could to look at the long view. he's mentioned the fact that 4.4 million new jobs were created in 28 months. he called it a step in the right direction, but you can't be satisfied. he's got to walk -- talk about stepping. he's kind of got to walk a tight rope to try to tout good news but also not look out of touch to say things are better than people feel that they are. on the republican side, mitt romney was out there within 90
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minutes of these job numbers being released standing in a small business, a hardware store, where he is vacationing, where he has a home in new hampshire, and he was very clear that this is not where people want to be. >> the jobs report this morning is another kick in the gut to middle class families. it's consistent with what i've heard as i've gone across the country and met with families in their homes, in cafes and restaurants and in break rooms. american families had struggl g struggling. there's a lot of misery in america today, and these numbers understate what people are feeling and the amount of pain which is occurring in middle class america. kyra, that term kick in the gut is really illustrative. it really brings home how the romney campaign believe that people feel, and in many ways they are right. he said it twice, kick in the
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gut. and this is ending a week that was not very good politically for mitt romney. i think even his aides will quietly concede that because they sort of bumbled the health care response, the response to the supreme court decision on whether a mandate is a tax or a penalty, and -- and he's had some pretty harsh criticism from some high-powered ceos about the way his campaign is run. what they do say inside the romney campaign is that all of that aside, nothing else matters when it comes to where voters are going to go and how they are going to put the right or the left down in november. nothing else matters as much as the economy and jobs, and that is why he was out there as soon as he could to talk about this jobs report this morning. >> dana bash, thanks so much. we'll have a jobs report breakdown straight ahead. choose control.
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i tell mike what i can spend. i do my best to make that work. we're driving safely. and sue saved money on brakes. now that's personal pricing. just a quick note for those of you heading out the door. can you continue watching cnn from your mobile phone or desk top. just go to cnn.com/tv. the good and the bad of the latest jobs report. more jobs were added in june, 82,000, this fact, but that was far fewer than the 95,000 expected and barely an improvement from the 77,000 jobs added in may. adding to the general disappointment, the unemployment rate remained at 8.2%. poppy harlow is in new york with what the numbers say about the state of the economy and the impact on people across the country. poppy this, report definitely tells us which sectors are greg and how many people are out of work, but what exactly does it say about how long people have been without a job? >> yeah, that's one of the most
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troubling things about this report is you have to look past that headline number of 8.2% unemployment. let's show you what we're talking about. we still have 12.7 million americans that are out of work, but of that number almost 5.5 million of them, kyra, have been out of work for six months or longer. that's almost 42% of the unemployed. now, why does that matter? it matters because it's been proven that the longer you're out of a job, the harder it is going to be for you to get one. there are a lot of employers who just want to hire people that -- that have a job and have that current experience. so this is very problematic. i'll also tell you something that's not included in this headline number, and that is there are 2.5 million americans right now that want to work, that are able to work but are not counted in the unemployment rate because they have given up looking for a job, either they are discouraged or something else, but they have given up looking for work so they are not counted in the unemployment rate. that's what mitt romney referred to last hour when he said the real unemployment rate is closer to 15%. technically he's correct.
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if you add the 2.5 million to the 12.7 million, if you add that all together, you've got 14.9% unemployment rate, so that's more of a realistic look, kyra at the numbers. very important to look at both those. >> and the unemployment hitting -- it says here the minority groups, some minority groups more than others. >> absolutely, and i think that this gets glossed over sometimes. let's look at what we're talking about, because when you have 8.2% overall unemployment, you've got 7.4% unemployment for whites, but you have 14.4% unemployment for african-americans. that number ticked up from 13.6% in may, so that -- that rose. that's concerning, and then 11% unemployment for hispanics, the same percent it was in may. so the concern here is that it's not hitting minority groups evenly, that african-americans and hispanics are struggling more when it comes to finding work in this country, so that's very problematic, and that's something that we often don't talk about, but it's a real, real issue.
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and i will tell you also that the issue here is this anemic job growth that's continued, that you mentioned. it's now been three straight months where we have had less than 100,000 jobs created in this country, whereas in the fall and the winter we saw big acceleration in job growth. the concern is you've got four more jobs reports, just four, before the election. how do we get this robust recovery under way? >> yeah, and we know both candidates will be playing off that report. >> right. >> obviously we've been talking about that throughout the morning. poppy, thanks so much. wall street is also reacting to the june jobs numbers, as expected. right now, not looking so good. dow industrials down 157. oh, you're good! hey, did you know that honey nut cheerios is... oh you too! ooh, hey america's favorite cereal is... honey nut cheerios ok then off to iceland! honey nut cheerios this is new york state. we built the first railway, the first trade route to the west, the greatest empires. then, some said, we lost our edge. well today, there's a new new york state.
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the father of a mentally ill man who died after being beaten
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by police in california is now suing the police officers. it was a year ago yesterday that security cameras captured six police officers in fullerton beating kelly thomas. after being called to investigate reports that he was looking in car windows and pulling on the handles of parked cars. here's the video, and once again we want to warn you it's pretty disturbing. >> they are killing me, daddy. dad! >> he's got to -- put -- cuff him in the front. >> i don't want to take those off. >> he's still going to put them off. >> he's still fighting, dude. >> relax, relax. >> daddy. daddy. >> okay. >> killing me. >> what's the guy's name? >> daddy. >> trying to get it. >> daddy. >> relax, relax. >> the 37-year-old died of his injuries five days later. two of the officers have been charged in his death. both have pleaded not guilty.
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now, kelly's father is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, its police chief and the since officers alleging assault and battery and civil rights violations in the death of his son. ron thomas is seeking more than $25,000 in damages. our casey wayan has been following the story from the very beginning. casey, what kind of changes does thomas actually want to see by doing this? >> reporter: well, kyra, what he says is he wants more oversight by the city of fullerton over the police department. ron thomas claiming that the city has a long history of ignoring abuses, alleged abuses by its police officers this. lawsuit that he was filed, that was filed yesterday, includes claims against, as you mentioned, the stiff fullerton, two former police chiefs and those six officers. it alleges assault, wrongful death. it alleges negligence, federal and state civil rights
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violations. kelly thomas' father lawyer says that those fullerton police officers should have known that kelly thomas was mentally ill and not a threat. >> the important thing to remember is that kelly had every right that all of us have, the fact that he was homeless, the fact that he was mentally ill did not reduce his rights. he has the same right all of us had and have. these police officers owed him an obligation to protect him and to serve him, not to beat him to death. >> now we should mention that kelly thomas' mother has already settled with the city of fullerton for $1 million, but his father ron says that this is not about the money. >> primarily i want change. i've never talked about money. i'm still not talking about money.
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that's -- that's not what i'm doing. you folks have followed this from day one. you know the criminal portion is where i'm really at with this. i want justice. with the lawsuit, the civil portion of it, i want change. >> reporter: now some of those changes have already happened. three members of the fullerton city council were ousted a couple of weeks ago and replaced by three new members who were talking about reform. ron thomas wants to eventually, he says, run for city government himself, try to change the city of fullerton's charter to allow it to have more control over the police department. he says, as he mentioned there, that this is to the about seeking money. kyra? >> did you get a comment from either the city or the police department on this lawsuit, casey? >> reporter: we tried to reach out to them yesterday. none of them have gotten back to me. i should point out though that the city has been closed since tuesday because of the fourth of july in an effort to sort of
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save money, as many cities are facing, so we've not heard back from either the city nor the police department on the lawsuit, kyra. >> we'll follow the story for sure and casey just mentioned that ron thomas told reporters in that news conference that he's keeping his eye on possibly becoming the mayor of fullerton. diesel self-serve fix a flat jumper cables 5% cashback signup for 5% cashback at gas stations through september. it pays to discover.
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. george zimmerman could get out of jail today, but his family needs come up with $1 million in collateral to back up the bond that was set by a florida judge. zimmerman will have to pay 10%
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of that amount or $100,000 to get out. he must remain under electronic surveillance and report in every two days. he can't have a bank account, passport or go to an airport. the judge said zimmerman planned to free the country after killing 17-year-old trayvon martin. he was rejailed last month after failing to disclose more than $100,000 in public donations to his defense fund. and another major setback for embattled syrian president bashar al assad. a commander of the elite republican guard and member of assad's inner circle has defected and is said to be on his way to paris. he's seen right there in this picture, right there to the right of assad. word of the defection came at an international friends of syria conference in paris. secretary of state hillary clinton again took the stage to blast russia and china for their continued support of the assad regime.
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ivan watson has been following all the developments on this story and joins us once again out of istanbul. ivan, what exactly can you tell us about this general and the significance of the fact that he defected. >> reporter: well, manaf plas comes from a family that is as close to describing as aristocracy in syria, kyra, and his father was the defense minister of the country for more than 30 years. he was a senior commander as well, and now what we have is western governments, particularly france, claiming that he has abandoned the regime of bashar al assad, and this man was said to be part of his inner circle for decades. take a listen to what the french foreign minister said. >> translator: new on the point of defection of some high-level people, i have confirmation that this one person who belongs to republican guard of mr. bashar al assad and for a long time was one of his friend and very close to him, it's been confirmed that
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he has defected. everyone believes this is a hard blow for the regime. >> reporter: now, kyra, it's to note. we do not know whether this man, manaf plas has joined the rebels or the opposition. it does seem he has abandoned the government, and part of the reason why that is such a big deal is unlike libya where we remember ministers and senior officials and commanders were defecting in the first months, abandoning moammar gadhafi, we haven't seen that in syria in 16 months. we've seen some mid-level military officers, lots of conscript soldiers fleeing the military, but nobody from within the inner circle, and this suggests a crack in that inner circle. >> wow. what a fascinating interview that would be, but you actually had a chance to talk to this general's brother, is that
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right? >> yeah, yeah, that's right. seven years ago in damascus in 2005 i met manaf plas' brother who was a business man, not a military officer, and in that interview it was really interesting. that was earlier on in bashar al assad's presidency. there was still talk of reform and hope for a change in the strict police state there, and people were still even talking about the damascus spring as a sign of that hope. this man, plas's brother, said he hoped for change, that there was a problem in corruption, police and economic problems, i met him in an ornately decorated wooden office, a very nice office, but those hopes for change in syria clearly faded, and -- and the violence of the last 16 months is testament to the fact that none of those reforms really took hold. if anything the syrian
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government answered calls for change and a change for government, peaceful calls, with artillery and tanks and helicopters and bullets, and now the death toll by our estimates are more than 16,000 dead in just 16 months. >> ivan watson staying on this story for us, and we'll continue to talk on a dale basis. ivan, thanks so much. in libya, nearly 3 million voters take a huge step towards democracy when they go to the polls in the first free elections since the overthrow of member mom. he elect a 200-national seat assembly that will draft a constitution. islamist parties, including the muslim brotherhood, are among those vying for power. the vote comes nine months after a civil war ousted and killed moammar gadhafi and left the country sharply divided among rival tribes, ethnic graups and militias. just last sunday protesters angry over the way assembly seats were distributed attacked election commission offices in two cities. aspirin is just old school.
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as the world economy sputters, in the even the vatican is immune to money problems. the catholic state is reporting its nearly $19 million in the red this year. millions of paying tourists continue to flock to its holy monuments like the sistine chapel. the costs of employing its 3,000 staff during the eurozone crisis has led to its worst financial year on record. going up against the vatican and teachings of your own religion,
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one catholic woman is making it her life's mission to see that all women have access to birth control. our dr. sbupta spoke to melinda gates who say how tough it is to speak about the critics who. >> you're a practicing catholic and your own bishop has said conception is sacred and artificial contraception violates the meaning of this gift. the bishop. first of all, how do you wrestle with that, or have you spoken to bishop directly? >> you have to be willing to speak your mind. i have to be able to say to me the contraceptive piece is not controversial. i mean, that's -- my root is part of what i do in the foundation, comes from that incredible social justice upbringing i had, this belief in that all lives, all lives have equal value, so we're not going to agree on everything, but that's okay. >> if you were meeting with the
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pope, what would you tell him? >> i would tell him that i think this is right for all women, that if you believe in helping poor women, if you believe in children living and thriving, i think this is a necessary tool in this day and age. >> hear more about this catholic controversy as it all unfolds. set your dvr to record "sanjay gupta md" tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 eastern and tomorrow morning at 7:30 eastern. well, police officers come across a lot of things they would not like to see in their jobs, abuse of society, but it's what they are trained to do. siegel derly people in trouble took that dedication to duty this week to a whole new level. >> i've been a police officer now for a little over ten years. we see people at their worst, and the one thing that i've seen over and over again is
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verdictization of the elderly. they are the forgotten portion of our society that nobody really thinks about. they are alone, and yet they don't ask for help. hey, buddy, you got a flat tire going therein there. >> i know, but i don't have the money to fix it. >> that's not good. much easier to victimize. >> if i can help with you that tire, why don't you give me a call. >> i realized something had to be done. i'd had enough. i'm officer zach hudson, and i was raised by my grandparents, great grand mother, and now i'm bringing this community together to help keep seniors safe. >> hey, mr. anderson. >> come on in. >> cops and fire fighters come across seniors that have various problems, are able to call us, and seniors reach out directly to us. >> how is your floor looking? >> not so hot. >> soft. >> my floor is getting mushy. i was scared to death that i would go right down through it. >> we contact the not-for-profits, faith-based organizations and businesses and
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well, deadly storms with winds topping 50 miles an hour ripped through the great smokey mountains area in tennessee. two people died in the national park there. the chief ranger says that one woman was killed when a falling tree hit her as she tried to get out of the water. another man was killed on his motorcycle when he was hit by a tree limb. others were injured and taken to the hospital, and dozens were stranded as roadways were blocked. storms also knocked out power to thousands of people and damaged several homes. now, in the western u.s., the wildfires have destroyed hundreds of homes and left thousands of acres of land
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scorched but has everything or actually has everything possible been done to stop the fires? we actually learned that some of the best equipment that could have perhaps saved some of those homes was actually not used. got to go in depth now with our rob marciano in atlanta after doing major work. were you there for more than a week. >> good week. >> how did you find out about this, and explain what the deal is. >> well, i mean, they aring the coast they can, first of all. what happens is the u.s. forest service actually contracts out a private company, and any time you -- you co-mingle the government and priority of companies you're going to have some confusion and complication, that's for sure. first of a, tankers do dow a great job. the tankers do a great job of knocking down a fire and cutting it off before it gets up and over the ridge that. didn't happen the night the waldo canyon fire came down the ridge and into colorado springs. they were using some big tankers, but there's a number of big tankers that were sitting on the ground, not contracted by the government for this year. let's start with the biggest
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one. it's a 747. this thing is called the big kahuna. the forest service has used it sparingly in the past. it costs a lot of money, as you would imagine to fly, but this thing has knocked out big fires in israel and mexico and worked sporadically for the u.s. forest service. they are not contracted this year, so their maintenance isn't -- isn't ready to go. they can dump 20,000 gallons of fire retardant or water. they are parked, and the other big fleet that's parked, these p-3 tankers. they are old submarine hunters, you know about, 50, 60 years old. for decades they have been flying for the forest service knocking out fires. their contract was broken off last year because of some higher safety issues. higher more so than the faa and the navy, so these guys are sitting on the ground frustrated that they can't help fly. >> so if the faa and the military says it's okay, why isn't good enough for the forest service? >> well, you know, there's been a rash of crashes. this is dangerous business and they are pretty old planes.
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>> sure. >> pretty high stress environment on these planes. they are buysically dive-bombing on to these fires is, so they have instituted the u.s. -- the u.s. forest service has instituted new regulations that a bit more proactive that takes money and time to upgrade the planes. what some of the contractors want is the forest service to promise them that they are going to use them while they spend the money to upgrade, but meanwhile, like you said, what the faa says is fit to fly, what the military says is fit to fly, those are two different things and what the u.s. forest service. >> everyone has a different standard. >> right. meanwhile the c-130s from the air force, they were helping out, he have got their own set of rules as well. >> and then there was a horrible crash. >> we don't know why that happened, and these are pretty new planes. you know, those pilots -- you could say that those pilots aren't maybe as experienced as guys that fight fires all the time but they are military and they are trained and they are pros. we just don't know what's happened. >> the president has said next year's budget you're going to get about 24 million. >> right. >> is that going to be used to
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upgrade these older planes in. >> some of it will be to try to get the newer planes in the feet, sort of in a stop-gap measure like nasa, we're in between and that's the frustrating part about it. there is some politics involved. i couldn't get confirmation from the incident commanders on the ground, but some of the fire fighters on ground will call when a tanker goes over top and dumps something and maybe it's not doing a whole lot of use, they call those cnn drops because maybe there's a local politician that is, you know, putting pressure on them to do something for the cameras. >> interesting. >> no incident commander that i've talked to will admit to that, but these are the highest most visible things out there, that the guys on the ground are doing the bulk of the work and the ones putting out fires. >> and then we profiled the smoke jumpers. those guys are absolutely amazing. >> extremely brave. and we're in a drought now so this year is just getting going. it's going to be a long summer. >> rob, thanks so much. glad you're back. great work. >> thanks. >> for more on the wildfire story watch "the situation room"
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well, if you are leaving the house right now a reminder to continue watching cnn from your mobile phone and you can watch cnn live from the desktop, go to cnn.com/tv. all right. facebook already knows where the population numbers are, and now they want a piece of the pie. the social networking company is chipping in on an underwater cable to get more people in
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southeast asia hooked up to the internet. our tech expert shelly palmer is joining me now from brookfield, connecticut. it is a smart, but unusual move for facebook. is this going to pay off, shelly? >> well, it is absolutely going to pay off. the internet is a physical thing and it requires cables to get from place to place and if you want to ensure that you have a space on the cable, and the best way to ensure it is to buy a piece of it. >> in layman term, explain the cable to me. >> well, it is actually exactly the same as the cable that you plug into the wall from the computer, but it is really bigger and longer and a lot longer. exactly the same. internet access is the same. so facebook wants to plug into asia and lay the cable all of the way across the ocean. >> so is facebook taking off in this part of the world? >> well, they are, and they have further to go as they have come so far as we like to say, and
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importantly for facebook, they want to ensure they have an opportunity to get their signals back and forth. you need a lot of bandwidth if you are facebook, and it is hard to come by. and also, remember, again, the internet is a physical thing. somebody has to give you the bandwidth and again the best way to do that is to invest in the infrastructure and google has done it, too. a lot of companies have done it and it has always paid off, because it ensures clean and easy access back and forth. >> so how is facebook doing financially anyway and does it have the funds to do this? >> well, it certainly has the funds, and if you remember a little while ago they had this big ipo, where about $16.7 billion of brand new cash came in from the shareholders from all over the world, and there is a lot of hoopla over whether that was a good ipo or bad ipo, but at the end of the day they got a check for $16.8 billion or some number like that after all was said and done so they
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definite definitely have a capital and this is the capital expense amortized or depreciated over time, and this is an absolutely good investment, and in fact, they have the money to do it, but the bigger question is it right for the facebook shareholders and the short answer is absolutely. >> okay. so apparently, you are multitasking, i am told because you sent out a tweet. what is this announcement from twitter? >> well, no, i'm actually not multitasking, but here with you. >> all right. so i guess that right before this live shot. >> oh, oh, oh. well, there is some stuff going on in the world. you know, but we are really just talking facebook. >> okay. i'm taking a look and it says get ready for an update twitter to unveil major search and discovery update friday is what we are talking about. >> sorry. yes. that is exactly right. twitter has -- >> who is tweeting for you, shelly. you don't know what is going on here? >> i didn't realize we were going through. i got an update not three minutes before we went on the air that something super cool is
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about to happen at twitter so i am letting everybody know that any second while we are sitting here and yes, i am looking at the twitter feed and we are getting a new announcement from twitter and breaking news for cnn, but i don't have it, just get ready. >> okay. shelly. we will watch out for it, and thank you for joining us out of brookfield, connecticut. s life. purina one discovered that by blending enhanced botanical oils into our food, we can help brighten an old dog's mind so he's up to his old tricks. with this kind of thinking going into our food, imagine all the goodness that can come out of it. just one way we're making the world a better place... one pet at a time. vibrant maturity. from purina one smartblend.
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louis brown is featured in two video clips on herman cain's new website cain tv and he talks to the camera in segments called street smarts with louis brown and he calls himself lou from hollywood, and the website calls him quote, a homeless guy who will rock your socks off with the unique philosophy on current events. well, yesterday i asked cain how he crossed paths with lewis brown and this is what he told me. >> one of my producers and videographers chris bernard lives in california. he just happened to be walking down the street one day, and came across lewis, and asked lewis, did he want the say something and put it on film. lewis said yes, and he had an opinion on some things that really sort of shocked chris. he said, well, why don't we see what is on his mind even though he is a homeless person, and that does not mean that he is clueless. he probably knows more about world issues and what is going
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on than a lot of people who think that they know what is going on. and now one sad thing to say about lewis. lewis passed away just last week unexpectedly, so we only have three episodes with lewis, but we were going to continue, and chris went back to shoot another episode and talked to his friends and found that he had unfortunately passed of a heart attack. >> well, that is not exactly right. a viewer whose father who played basketball with lewis brown e-mailed us to set the record straight and we are glad he did. "the new york times" published his obituary last september and not last week, but earlier it ran a lengthy story about the long decline from basketball progeny to windshield wiper. i could not stop reading. brown led the high school to three championships and helped take unlv to the final four.
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he is one of the famous hardway 8. the nba should have been his next step, but his sister says, quote, drugs were his downfall. the "times" says that brown played two pro games in the u.s., and he played overseas on and off, but he had to quit when his knee gave out at the age of 42. lewis brown died on the the streets at the age of 56 and left many friends but few belongings, and among them a laminated copy of the new york times piece on his life that i told you about. lewis' life touched me deeply and i wanted you to know it in the proper light and we wanted to hear from herman cain and the spokeswoman sent me this statement. quote. mr. cain along with the staff very recently learned about the death of lewis brown. in retrospect we regret that we did not keep in contact with mr. brown on a more regular basis, but we feel fortunate that we had the opportunity to get to know mr. brown in the limited capacity with which we were
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able. although it seems that lewis had a troubled journey through life, it also appears that he touched many hearts along that journey. our sympathy is with those who knew and loved lewis. thanks for watching, everyone. you can continue to conversation with me on twitter at kyra@cnn, or on facebook. newsroom international starts newsroom international starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com welcome to "newsroom international." i'm suzanne malveaux and we are going around the world in 60 minutes. these two men are found guilty of stealing babies. that is right. argentina and a court case going back to the late '70s and these two men ruled argentina as military dictators in the conflict known as the dirty war. they were charged with stealing dozens of babies from political prisoners and giving them new identities. stay right here because we have much more on the case and the two former dictators in a couple of minutes.
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british police have arrested seven more men on terror charges. police say they were rounded up this week after weapons were found hitden in a car. just yesterday london police arrested six other terror suspects and they say they were not related to the olympics, but the security has been stepped up in britain, and the games are only three weeks away. tokyo bursting with excitement. squealing even. the first baby panda in 24 years born there, and 6-year-old shenzhen has given birth and the cub has not yet been named. all over japan shops are selling panda cakes and all other things in celebration of the cub's birth. this is the top headline in
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syria. not the death tolls or fighting in the streets, but something happened today that could have major damage to the government that is on the brink of an all-out civil war. a major general, and close friend of the president fled the country. this is him standing by the president bashar assad, and there are not many pictures of him because he is not a public figure and this is a picture more than 10 years old. and he slipped out of syria and on his way to paris, and we don't know how he defected or how damaging it is to the assad government, but it is significant. we will have more about the defection of the general, and we will talk also about a meeting in paris of an international group called the friends of syria and they are western and arab leaders who are frustrated that they cannot intervene more in what is taking place in that country. two senior american officials are telling the rest of the world to get off of the
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sidelines. >> this is a regime with a massive war machine. >> of their world and the people in this part of the world are waiting for american leadership which is lacking. >> i want to go to ivan watson in istanbul who is watching everything out of syria. first of all, i want to talk about this general who fled the country, and what that means for the assad government. >> well, it is the first sign we have seen, suzanne, of what has so far been a tightly knit and tightly disciplined circle around bashar assad and after 19 months of uprising that the circle is cracking or at least one crack. this man comes from the closest thing that you have to syrian aristocracy and his father, moustafa was the defense min e minister for more than 30 years and photos on syrian history sites show that the son is from
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the same generation as the president, and they may have been friends. they are said to have been confidants and in the inner circle and we don't know if the relaetionship has deteriorated over the last year, but it is a psychological blow that this man appears to have abandoned the regime. he could be a big gain for the western intelligence agencies from the governments who are calling for bashar al assad to step down. and we do not know whether or not he is going to embrace the syrian opposition and the rebels and that could be a big ro propaganda win. we don't even know if they want him, because this man is so closely associated with the regime na has been killing them. >> and let's talk about this, ivan, because one of the downfalls with khadafy and one of the tippling points in the conflict was when his generals and those close to him in the military circles and the inner circles started to leave the
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country and defect and turn against him. do we think that this is the beginning of a threshold moment like that? >> i think it is too early to say, because in the libyan example we started to see the high ranking officials, ministers, generals, commanders defecting within the first couple of months, and ambassadors as well, and we just haven't seen that in the syrian example. it has been 16 months of killing, and more than 16,000 dead, and most of that inner circle has stayed with the regime. the opposite has happened in syria. this has been an uprising from the ground-up. you could almost call it a peasant revolt of farmers and university students and conscript soldiers who have been defecting and protesting and not the higher echelons of syrian society and power. >> ivan, tell me a little bit about the meeting takes place in paris. clearly, they are called the friends of syria, but we don't know if there are tangible result s th
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results that will come out of the meeting. what are they at least hoping to accomplish? >> well, i call these guys the anti-assad coalition and more than 100 countries and organizations that are all calling on bashar al assad to step down. this is the third meeting and the most tangible thing they came up with is that they want a new united nations security council resolution under chapter 7 which could kacall for the us of force against syria. but here's the problem, to get a resolution through the u.n. security council, you need all of the members to sign on to it and not veto it, and the problem is that russia and china still do not seem to want any kind of intervention into syria, and there is a sharp split between the west and the two countries who are defending the assad regime. >> all right. e ivan watson, thank you very much, and appreciate it. i want to talk about the mexico drug cartels who are run
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by ruthless drug kingpins who stop at nothing to get drugs across the border. and now we are learning that some of the most vicious are women. and one of the worst is 27-year-old woman who was arrested last week near los angeles and sent back to mexico. mexican police say she is a top member of the la familia cartel and joining me is josh miller who lives in mexico and also a former intelligence officer with the cia and josh, thank you for joining us here, and tell us about la bonita and what is her relationship with the la familia cartel and what is her role? >> well, thank you, suzanne. it is interesting that she was recently arrested in los angeles and promptly extradited back to mexico which indicates that the u.s. and the mexican authorities had closely cooperated on the operation. the role was to act as a liaison and negotiator between the cartel groups and she indeed
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represented la familia which is responsible for trafficking amphetamines in the u.s. >> and she was back and forth from the u.s. and mexico five times and a top priority for the mexican police and how was she able to live out in the open in l.a. for so long? >> well, it is remarkable and indicative of some of the cartels' attitudes because they operate largely with the impression that they can operate without impunity and not just mexico, but unfortunately in parts of the u.s. and it is part of the culture. >> and i didn't mean to interrupt there, but she is not the only one who is allegedly in one of the top positions in the cartels, and it seems like a growing trend. can you give us a sense of what is behind this now that more women are gaining power in the dangerous cartels? >> well, it is a trend that we are noticing more and more of, and in fact, some statistics are quite telling. in 2008, 194 women were killed in criminal-related drug
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activities. fast forward to 2011 and that number will jump to 904, and so you see a fivefold increase in the women involved in the act e activities in three years and so we are seeing a growing trend all over mexico. >> are the ones involved in the most violent activity and when you talk about the beheadings and the brutal killings are they getting caught up in the violence themselves as victims? >> well, it is a good question. we are not seeing indications that they are involved in some of the most heinous acts or the outrageous things that take place in mex eco, and nose are perpetrated largely by the male members of the cartels, and the roles that we are seeing them involved in are the liaison and the negotiation between the cartels which is la bonita's role, and we see them distributing and distributing resources and revenues between groups and perhaps most importantly, we see them provide a measure of social cohesion that the groups often operate as families in a sense. >> you are a security expert and you know the situation in mexico and we have heard figures up to
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47,000 people killed in drug violence since 2006. can you give us a sense of whether or not there are really safe places in mexico or if this is a very isolated place where this is taking place? >> yes, i would comment and say that mexico is a very large country, and while indeed there are areas along the northern border and in some other states that are very dangerous, the majority of the mexico city where i live and the majority of the major tourist areas are quite safe. this is a -- the reason behind this is that they are often not sitting in the geographic routes that the cartels prefer to use as well as the mexican government's interests to keep it safe. so mexico gets a lot of negative attention, however, there are large parts of the country that are quite safe and good places to visit such as they were in the past. >> josh miller, thank you very much. appreciate it. here is more of what we are working on for "newsroom international." they fought their way to freedom
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and now the libyans are go g ino the polls and hundreds of candidates on the ballots. are women? later -- >> the areas are crammed together like this and sometimes six, seven, eight people of a family living together in one room. >> a btle is brewing of whether or not to bring birth control to the developing world. we will show you what life is like in countries where it is most scarce. ♪ one a day women's 50+ is a complete multi-vitamin designed for women's health concerns as we age. ♪ it has more of seven antioxidants to support cell health. that's one a day women's 50+ healthy advantage. to support cell health. energy is being produced to power our lives. while energy development comes with some risk,
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i tell mike what i can spend. i do my best to make that work. we're driving safely. and sue saved money on brakes. now that's personal pricing. libya is taking a major step toward democracy. this weekend voters across the country will choose their congress. the election comes nine months after moammar khadafy was
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captured and killed. you looking at the pictures that you will recall ending more than 40 years of his repressive rule. michael holms is joining us to talk about this, and first of all explain to us, because we were talking about this before, there is no democratically elected leader of the country yet and tell us what these elections are about first. >> well, it is important elections because it is the first time that libyans have had anything to vote for since the mid-le 1960s. so they elect a congress who will oversee the writing of the constitution and then pick a government and then main parliamentary elections next year, because until now we have had the national transitional group which was formeded in benghazi and went to tripoli when khadafy fell, and have been running things. >> how have they been doing? they have a organized council
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and not a leader per se. >> well, the national transitional council has had the leaders and the problem is that -- well, look at it this way, libya does fnot run like a normal country. it is tribal, and tribe is above everything else and above nationalism or country or anything else and people in benghazi say we don't want tripoli telling us what to do, and they all want decentralized government, and yes, there is going to be a government and a they will try to run it from there, and it is not easy and not our style of democracy, and a lot of problems. >> you have 3 million people who have registered to vote, and there is confidence in the process that they will move forward and people will have a voice in some way? >> well, the international observer observers say they are happy about how it is set up and talking about embracing democracy, you have 3,000 candidate candidates for 200 seats. they all want to have a go at it. but as we were talking in the break, one of the main probles s
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there are the militias still there and when i was there covering the war from the rebel side, i was with the zentani brigades up in the mountains and these guys drive around in pickup trucks and the anti-aircraft attacks shooting away and rocket launchers there in the back of the pickup and they got together, the disparate groups of various tribes got together with e common cause to get rid of khadafy and then they went back to their own ways of hating each other. >> they are divided and groups who don't get along and they are armed. >> armed to the teeth. >> and a sense of worry or concern that even if the elections go forward you have armed bandits hanging around. >> yes, it is a real problem. the idea is that those in the militias who wanted to become part of the national army would and a great idea, but it has not happened. you see the guys driving around and they have their own areas and i remember being with the brigades as they and neighboring towns got together to take this
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big city which was a huge battle that went on and amazing stuff. i said it is good that everybody is working together, and he said, yeah, but we hate these guys and we would not have a cup of tea with them before this happened and this is a town five kilometers away and they hate them and still hate them and now they are centralized in tripoli and they clash and die and it happens all of the time. they take their prisoners and hole them so that the legal system has not been able to run itself. it is a difficult place to run in an organized sense while those guys are doing what they are doing. >> i wanted to ask you, michael, because you talked about the candidates 3,000 or so, and 500 of them are female candidates and women. how does that work? will they be actually able to participate in the full equal ways as men? >> well, it is a mixed thing, and it is heartening that there are 500 of the candidates are women in a traditional islamic mixed society, and many of the candidates are islamic as well, but you have seen the negatives,
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too. posters around town of the female candidates and the faces have been cut out, because the people say, women should not be doing this. and there is the cultural and religious side to it, too. and as i say, a lot of the candidates are islamists, and a lot of the country is secular and moderate, but other parts of the country particularly in the east are hard-line religious ly and one sidebar, you know, most of the al qaeda islamist fighters who went to iraq and the foreign fighters were from the eastern part of libya. so i mean real hardliners in that part of the country. >> real dynamics going on in the country, and it is fascinating, and we will be following this to see what happens and the cultural change and it is positive. >> it is a step. and let's see how it goes, the fingers are crossed but the guys with the pickups and i'm telling you from personal experience, they are crazy. >> we will keep a close eye of what is happening over there. thank you, michael. they are running from the constant threat of war and
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hunger. we will introduce you to new lost boys of sudan.
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activists in beijing are claiming victory today but not before a peaceful protest took a violent turn. the marchers came together to speak out against plans for a new chemical plant. it is the latest in a series of not in my backyard grass roots efforts that have grown with china's expanding middle-class. we have a report from beijing. >> reporter: from a peaceful protest in china turned into a bloody battle. tear gas and stun grenades used
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by anti-riot police on residents angered over the plant construction of a chemical plant in their city. home videos like this one posted online captured this standoff in the southwest evoking outrage in a rare win in the nation's growing environmentally conscious growing urban class. many feared that the copper processing plant could pollute their town and wreak havoc on their health. thousands gathered. similar to a protest a year ago in the coastal town, and the middle-class residents there marched to stop a petrochemical factory in their backyard. this one turned violent. somebody is going to die, and onlooker shouts. the authorities deny that anyone has died, but a dozen were hospitalized and dozens detained.
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officials were there to stop what they said were illegal protests, but eventually the government called off the project with the pressure overwhelming. they are trying to get together to voice their concerns and that trend is unnerving schi these authorities who are determined to keep any chinese protests under control. online discussion of this protest was allowed hinting that beijing may be unhappy with the local government response. officials had broken ground on the $1.6 billion facility and would have brought in billions of dollars to a city ravaged be i an earthquake in 2008. a boost to the local economy, but money that the residents said is not worth the environmental risk. eunice yoon, beijing. welcome back to "newsroom international" where we go around the world in 60 minutes. sudan is repeating history.
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thousands of boys and girls, too, are flooding into refugee camps and coming to escape war and disease and famine. they are coming in the same path forged by young male refugees who became known as the lost boys of sudan. they are the civil war targets of the war in sudan. it happened in the 1980s and in 1990s and in da far in the 1990. and we are joined by two executives of charity efforts. this is described as an unbearable catastrophe. tell us what is going on. >> well, it is really very difficult there. the government is working extremely hard, but the government is going through austerity measures at the moment. we are talking about something like 400,000 returnees which is
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putting enormous pressure on any country and the total needing emergency, i would say that my assessment having been to south sudan in the past few days is 8% of the population which is 800,000. the big issue is water, health, and care international are doing a lot of work on the health side. i traveled right up to the north of the country, and should i give you a brief synopsis of what i found there? >> yes, please. tell us why this is happening again and describe for us those camps. >> right. well, first of all what happens is that i went to unity state which is in the north of south sudan and kind of three stages. the first one i watched when new returnees are coming in by boat. these people have traveled for days and carry what they can, but they quite often have no food or water when they arrive, and already, it is the beginning of the rainy season there, and it is a mess. it is really filthy muddy conditions. now care international has set up a clinic in that area, and we are addressing some of the
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really serious health issues, but as you would imagine in the situations, it is waterborne and diseases and malaria. i have watched the children drinking straight out of palms, and this is what we have to stop. we are doing the best we can there, but we are working on training people to tell them that you have to boil the water. and the next days, and let me finish that the two other stages. they go to the weigh station and within a day or two they go to the reception area to receive food and water and help and then to the camps. i went to one camp which is one hour's drive away which has 63,000 people in it in a moment with 350,000 people arriving everyday. the conditions of the camp was good, but as you have in the introduction unaccompanied children and about 2,000 out of the 63,000 are unaccompanied children. it is a desperate situation. >> and joffrey, what happens to
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the children who don't have parent parents who come to the camps by themselves? >> well, one of them is of course registered and then we will look after them and try to find families or associated families and we are quite successful at doing that, but i don't want to underestimate the issue or the fact that the government is working very hard on these issues there. we are working alongside many areas, but there are serious conditions and my biggest concern would be water and health, and obviously food and so on as well. but i mean, some people that is one in nine children could die before the age of five. these are some people's estimates, and it is a serious situation, and care international long with a number of agencies there are doing the best we can and the government is working hard, but it is an enormous pressure on a relatively small country to have 400,000 returnees coming back. >> jeffrey, we are looking at
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your organization as one of many to help in that area of the world. thank you. it is a flashpoint and a fight between religion and the fight of poverty and we will take you to the part of the world where the battle over birth control is now boiling over.
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welcome back to "newsroom international" where we take you around the world in 6 0 minutes. so what is finland's pop rock sound like? take a listen. ♪ >> all right. kind of cool. that is pmmp singing the smash
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hit. interesting. melinda gates is getting flack from the catholic bloggers about a new birth control program she is promoting. they say that the gates' plan to provide birth control to people in other countries is against the church's teachings. take a listen. >> you are completely comfortable being a practicing catholic and advocating for this and encouraging and funding this? >> well, to hear a poor woman say to me, i can't find the means to feed this child and if i have seven children, there's no way i can feed and keep alive seven children, i think that somebody needs to give voice to that and it is important that i do that. >> you can see more of dr. sanjay gupta's interview with
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melinda gates on sanjay gupta, md, this weekend at saturday at 4:30 and sunday at 7:30 a.m. i want to talk to you about a personal problem off a kenyan woman who has five children and they live in one of the largest slums in nairobi and the name of the town means literally standing shoulder to shoulder. david mckenzie takes us there. >> reporter: she is hiding something from her husband and she wants to share her secret. >> translator: he wanted all of the kids so he could name them after the mother or the family members and who knows who else. it is like he married me just to get pregnant. it is a secret. it is a total secret. >> reporter: after five children, she took the risk of upsetting hip and sneaking off to the clinic for a contraceptive injection and every three months she sneaks off again. the little she earns washing clothes is barely h enough to feed her children. >> now. >> translator: am the one who
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has the problem. it is my body that has deteriorated. he does not know what the kids eat. he does not know what they wear and this house is not a house that should be having seven people. aim the one who worries about the kids. >> reporter: lucia says she is up against the country and not just her husband. many believe that contraceptives can lead to deformities and cancer and are only for prostitute prostitutes. then there is the local church. >> i tell them that the contraceptives are dangerous, and they are dangerous to them and to the generation to come. they need to bring the children into the world with whom they can afford to care. >> reporter: me says that means that the couples should practice self-restraint, but lucia says that is not simple and the power between the men and the women are not equal and they ban together to learn about contraceptives and gain the courage to use them. but often that is not enough. government clinics hammered by
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underfunding and the logistical problems frequently run out of contraceptives. >> so that becomes a tragedy, because here she has decided she only wants five children and i have the number of children i want or even more than i would have loved and she got to the clinic and there is no contraceptive and no family planning method that she would like to use. >> reporter: and the huts here are crammed together like this and some times seven and eight people of a family living together and the mothers say they cannot cope. in the day it is all right, but at night the children come back from camp or day care and this is lucia's worst time when she feels overwhelmed. all she wants is the best for the children, she says, and she is willing to risk everything for that. dave mckenzie, cnn, kenya. south korea is ready to start wailing again for what
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welcome back to "newsroom international" where we take you around the world in 66 60 minu. and today there is an impeachment vote today for
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romania's president. he is accused of abusing his power and if impeached he could be excused for a month and then the country would vote whether or not he should keep his job. and south korea says it plans to start hunting whales again off of the shores. they say it is for scientific research, but environmental groups and countries around the pacific rim are not buying that explanation. paula hancocks is in seoul with views from both sides of the issue. >> reporter: japan insists it kills whales for the scientific purposes only. south koreas has now signaled the intention to follow suit. >> translator: scientific whaling is the right of the members of the international whaling commission and we believe that the scientific whaling will take place. >> reporter: the move has outraged conservation nations and virenvironmental groups ali >> i am very disappointed about this announcement of south korea. we are opposed to scientific whaling. >> reporter: the group announced the intentions to the
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international whaling commission in panama saying that the stocks of mink whales have replenish and the korean fishing industry are suffering as the whale stocks increases. but the environmental groups believe it is disguised whaling. >> there is no evidence that the creatures in the water have recovered. also, whales do not cause the decline of fish stocks. it is actually human being who is doing overfishing with the mismanagement of the fishery. >> reporter: more than nine mink whales were accidentally killed by fishermen in 2010 according the a joint coast guard and whaling commission report. with over a dozen more believed to have been illegally hunted. all of these ended up being sold and eaten. whale meat remains popular here in south korea and particularly
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in the old southern port city where the meat of the whales accidentally caught are sold. scientists insist that in the country there is a long tradition of hunting whales for food. >> translator: i do not have anything against eating the whale meat, this cust my says, and it is okay to resort to a variety of food if the food resources are shrinking. south korea continued whaling after a 1986 more tomorrow went into effect, but stopped a after one season due to international pressure. environmentalists are hoping that similar pressure will make south korea reconsider this time as well. paula hancocks, cnn, seoul. >> when they were only babies they were stolen by the military in argentina and today, they are finally getting justice.
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as i mentioned earlier two elderly men in argentina and both of them former dictators and both of them already in prison for horrific crimes and today, they have new sentences to keep them locked up even longer. the court found them giuilty of stealing babies. that is right, literally taking children out of their mother's arms and changing their names and then their identities. this happened in a brutal time in argentina's history. it was called the dirty war. i want to talk about this with our own juan carlos lopez in washington. juan carlos, it is a little odd, rig
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right? because this is guys who might have spent the rest of their lives in jail, in prison and why did they bother to put them on trial? >> because the argentinians who are looking for answers wanted to demonstrate that this is a government policy that the dictatorship that ruled argentina between 1976 and 1983 had a deliberate policy of separating children from their mothers. there is the official number of victims for that period is that 13,000 people were either disappeared, detained or tortured by the dick tatorship, and the goal was to eliminate what the government at that time the dick tatorship considered t leftist inclination in the country, and they wanted to eliminate any traces of links to the left. remember, it was a different time than it is today, but what this ruling does today apart from convicting not only two of the former presidents under the dictatorshi dictatorship, and two other members of the military, it establishes that this was a
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policy carried out by the government that the government deliberately separated between 400 and 500 children from their mothers and handed them over to other families. now over 100 have been reunited with their families, but many more still don't know who their real families are. >> and juan carlos, explain this to us and help us to understand what is taking place there, because you have adults now who are discovering that the parents are not really their parents at all. that these children really, they are sent to the enemy essentially. >> yes, there's a group, the grandmothers of placido dimaio started protesting and looking for their children and looking for the grandchildren and they knew there was a pattern and knew what was going on and they were successful after several years of identifying 105 of the kids. many of them have been submitted to dna tests and that is the only way to confirm that they weren't raised by their families. some are very vocal and some are part of the movement and it is a difficult experience for
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argentina to look back and to relive this part of the history, but even the head of the grandmothers says that now nobody can deny that the government was doing this deliberately and brings closure and the possibility of looking to the for more of the children, and trying to reunite them with their biologicalifamilies. >> it is an incredible story. thank you, juan carlos. i appreciate it. >> yes. >> and six of the bro thers were killed in the genocide and that was almost two decades ago, but now he is riding for rwanda and proudly carrying his country's flag this summer in the olympics in london. ♪ one a day women's 50+ is a complete multi-vitamin designed for women's health concerns as we age. ♪ it has more of seven antioxidants
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mountain biker and olympic hopeful has a inspiring story of survival. six of his brothers were killed in rwandan genocide which happened in 1994, and in two weeks he will carry the flag for his country. his remarkable story in his own words. >> my name is adrienne and i'm a cyclist for rwanda.
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i fled rwanda in a car with my uncle and my brother and i told them i wanted to be a cyclist one day. my uncle said, you can do it. then in 2006, i met jock boyer and thomas who came to rwanda, and the first time i competed for mountain bike actually. if it was not those guys, i would not have been possible for me to cycle. the genocide was a hard time for me and a lot of people in rwanda. taking nothing, they have given me the opportunity to keep my past time away and let me do
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what i want to do. my spiration is to work hard and not give up. everything i say, i will do, and i will never give up of trying my best. since training for the olympics, i train three to four hours a day. i like to wake up at sunrise and i eat some chicken and fish and tea without sugar. i had my first injury in rwanda where my shoulder was a little bit cracked. then i take little bit to come back all right.
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my favorite music is country music, and reggae music. bobber marley. i'm very proud of myself to be carrying the flag for my country in london. everyone in rwanda say, we are behind you. go there and get a medal. >> good for him. he is the first rwandan to quality for the olympics in mountain biking. activists in new york are going bananas, literally. they are outraged because there are more regulations for produce than weapons that are trade and kill around the world. here is richard roth. >> we should be their advocats.s
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>> reporter: these activists are going bananas in times square warning new yorkers and the rest of the world about the danger of the global arms trade. >> bananas. there are more global regulations on the trade of bananas than weapons, things that are used to kill people and commit mass atrocities. >> reporter: the united nations is discussing a first ever global arms treaty to regulate and reduce the flow of weapons around the world. >> it is a huge problem that the international community has never come to grips with. now is the moment. >> reporter: current regulations do not force states to approve an international transfer of arms. >> we need to act now to end the widespread of human suffering caused by the unregulated international arms trade. >> reporter: the conference has been givened a oohed urgency by the vivid violence inside of syria. >> if we had a treaty in the past in place governing the movement of weapons one way or
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another into or out of syria and would we have the situation we have now? >> reporter: the u.s. and russia and china are some of the leading sellers of weapons. they are expected to try to remove different weapons categories and ammunition during treaty negotiations. critics say that the whole idea of a weapons treaty is fantasy, and placing all countries under one treaty. >> this is not going the clamp down on the arms trade except in democracies. >> reporter: even after one month of wrangling each country must win ratification back home. richard roth, new york. it is the tallest building in all of europe, but despite the stellar views, there are few people interested in buying up the office space inside. we will tell you why. with the spark cash card from capital one,
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i ing. the construction of skyscrapers in london often only begin once the developers have secured a prelet, the guarantee of an occupy signing a lease. >> preletting of buildings has always been a difficulty and the amount of investment involved of course for a skyscraper is enormous, and very few developers are in the position even if they wished to the fund the development until they have a guarantee of occupation of at least one-third of the building. >> reporter: the shard had only two before the work started. the developer would not tell cnn how much the building has already let, but the latest media reports put it at 30%. this is the first time that a building in urine is being used for so many purposes from the second to the 28th floor, office space. 570,000 square feet of it. media companies and several banks are rumored to be interested. floors 31 to 33 are earmarked
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for restaurants and then the hotel, shang lrila with a pool d rooms with a view, and more with a 360-degree view of london, and just don't look down. with this impressive resume, finding a tenant may not be a proble problem. >> this is a global landmark building, and it will attract tenants who want that recognition to say my address happens to be in the shard of london and they don't have to say anymore. >> reporter: it has taken five years to build. it is another year before they find out whether the shard can really live up to the high hopes. cnn, london. several stories caught our attention today and photos as we well. take a look at this. in spain, coal miners are staging a nationwide protest against the government cutbac